October 23, 2015

friday night eats: sweet potato and chickpea sliders

This season we've already tried a hearty veggie burger for our football watch parties (view it here), so this month I figured we should go for something a bit lighter. This veggie burger is made with sweet potatoes and chickpeas, takes a little bit of prep work, but holds up better than some of the other veggie burger recipes I have tried. Again, this is not a recipe directly featured in First & Goal, but it is very much like the one she munched on before going to a football game with one of her new friends.

(Unfortunately, I would also imagine J.J. and most of the other guys in the league would starve before allowing something like this to be served at one of their watch parties.)

Sweet Potato Chickpea Sliders

1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1/4 cup dried barley (cooked)
1/4 cup dried quinoa (cooked)
1 medium sweet potato (baked)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
12 small hamburger buns or dinner rolls

Prepare the ingredients (boil the barley and quinoa, bake the potato, rinse and dry the garbanzo beans). Combine chickpeas, sweet potatoes, olive oil, cumin, and salt and pepper in a food processor. Stir in barley and quinoa. Form into 12 equal-sized patties. Cook on stove over medium heat, flipping to evenly toast both slides.

Serve with your favorite toppings on a small bun or roll.

For a little something different, I made this recipe as sliders instead of full-sized burgers, which gave me 12 patties instead of six. You can make it in whichever size you like, though I found the sliders were a perfect size.

I served these at my launch party for First & Goal back in September, and they were a hit with my vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends alike. While I liked having this as a slider, it can also be served on romaine for a lower calorie/carb option.

Aside from your usual burger toppings, I also suggest trying this one with caramelized onions or roasted peppers for a sweet and savory treat.

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About the Book
When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). 

Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.

With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

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